I just put up a 16' round Intex Ultraframe pool. I replaced the filter it came with by a 2650 gph Sand Filter and Saltwater System combo from Intex. I ran the pump with saltwater system in BOOST mode for over 8 hours today.
Here is my problem. I tested the water with the Intex test strip that came with the pump before the boost cycle, and found that there is no chlorine which was expected.
After the boost cycle, I tested the water again, and the strip showed no chlorine. I plan on running a boost cycle for 8 hours again tomorrow but I am wondering what's going on here. Is that normal? Anyone with saltwater system could shed some light here.
Also for other readings, I got colors that did not even exist on the comparator chart. So I have no idea what their levels are. pH was dark red color, may be it was higher than the max since the colors were going from light brown to dark brown. Copper color was out as well, but I think alkalinity was showing Ok.
Any suggestion? I had read people saying taht they bought the saltwater system and they never have to put a single chemical. Maybe they start off with a balance pool and they never have to add any chemicals, but if my shocking tomorrow for 8 hours wouldn't change the chlorine level, I guess I will have to add some chemicals to balance it.